Submissions for the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival will open on June 1, 2015.

The Slamdance Film Festival is dedicated to new filmmakers. We accept films in every genre, on any topic from every country around the world. The festival program is selected from 100% blind submissions and we do not disqualify any films based on premiere status or date of completion. Our mission is to bring attention to the most talented emerging filmmakers, showcasing their work in the media frenzy of festival week in Park City, Utah.

This year, filmmakers may submit through Withoutabox, FilmFreeway, or our Alternative Submission Form. Please click on the icon below to proceed with your preferred method:

A hard copy application form is also available upon request. Please email


1. Early Deadline by Friday, July 24, 2015.
$40 entry fee for a short entry up to 40 minutes and $50 for a feature entry.

2. Regular Deadline by Friday, September 4, 2015.
$50 entry fee for short and $80 for feature length.

3. Late Deadline by Thursday, October 8, 2015.
$60 entry fee for short and $100 for feature length.

4. Final Deadline by Thursday, October 15, 2015.
(Accepting submissions through Withoutabox ONLY)
$70 entry fee for short and $110 for feature length.


Please send submission copies to the address below:

2016 Slamdance Film Festival
5634 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

We encourage filmmakers to submit their work as early as possible!


We now accept online screeners from Withoutabox and FilmFreeway for all submissions. However, Feature length filmmakers are strongly encouraged to send DVD copies of their film as back up. We do NOT accept Blu-ray discs as submission copies.

We strongly advise filmmakers to submit a password-protected link of their film IN ADDITION to their Withoutabox online screener or DVD submission. Please include the link in the Cover Letter section of your Withoutabox submission page, or email it to us at by referencing your WAB tracking number. Once again, the online link is only a supplement to your official submission screener (DVD or Withoutabox online screener).

If you are mailing a DVD to us, please send your film in a paper DVD sleeve. When packaging, protect the DVD in a padded envelope, or similar package. Please DO NOT send your dvd in a slim, jewel, or standard DVD case. We also advise that you purchase tracking for the shipment of your submission DVD to ensure that we receive it on time. Film submissions are non-returnable. Please do not send original materials.

Please note that the ONLY difference in the early submission deadline versus the final submission deadline is the fee discount. The submission process and consideration by the Programming Committee is not affected by the date you submit your film as long as it is received by our final deadline! We appreciate, however, filmmakers submitting their work as early as possible.

Right To Enter

Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to enter film work to Slamdance 2016. As the Director/Producer of the Film, entrants have submitted to the Festival, entrants represent and warrant to the Festival that the Film and all parts thereof are original; that the Film does not contravene the rights of any person or entity and that entrants own or control the Film and all parts thereof and have the sole authority to submit the Film to the Festival; the Film entrants submitted to the Festival is not subject to nor threatened by any litigation.

Entrants acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists between the Festival and entrants, and entrants further acknowledge that no such relationship is established by these guidelines, my submission of the Film, or by the Festival’s acceptance, review or retention of the Film.

If a film is accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their exhibition video materials to and from the festival venue. A complete press kit and an online link to your film will be needed as soon after notification as possible. Slamdance cannot be held liable for your exhibition print/video materials which are lost or damaged.

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